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Employers must post OSHA injury, illness summary by Feb. 1

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Beginning February 1st employers must post in the workplace their OSHA Form 300A ( Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses).

The completed summary must remain posted through April 30, 2019. Form 300A summarizes work-related injuries and illnesses recorded in 2018. OSHA states that the summary must be posted in common work areas where employee notices are customarily placed. The agency notes that employers with 10 or fewer employees or who work in certain low-hazard industries are not required to post the summary.

According to the OSHA website, under OSHA's recordkeeping regulation, certain covered employers are required to prepare and maintain records of serious occupational injuries and illnesses using the OSHA 300 Log. This information is important for employers, workers and OSHA in evaluating the safety of a workplace, understanding industry hazards, and implementing worker protections to reduce and eliminate hazards.

However, there are two classes of employers that are partially exempt from routinely keeping injury and illness records.  First, employers with ten or fewer employees at all times during the previous calendar year are exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records.  OSHA's revised recordkeeping regulation maintains this exemption.

Second, establishments in certain low-hazard industries are also partially exempt from routinely keeping OSHA injury and illness records. Due to changes in OSHA’s recordkeeping requirements that went into effect Jan. 1, 2015, certain previously exempt industries are now covered. See the lists of both exempt and newly covered industries for details.

The previous list of partially exempt industries was based on the old Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) system and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 1996, 1997, and 1998. The new list of partially exempt industries in the updated rule (link) is based on the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and injury and illness data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) from 2007, 2008, and 2009.

Learn more about OSHA's Recordkeeping Rule and who keeps records.

If you have any questions or need OSHA recordkeeping training please contact SafeLink Consulting or visit our website to learn more about how we can help your business. 

Learn more about the OSHA recordkeeping rule by taking our compliance training courses.  The course titled, Implementing the OSHA Recordkeeping Requirements, details the revisions to the requirements for reporting work-related fatality, injury, and illness information to OSHA, how to distinguish a recordable/reportable event, and how to properly complete the required documentation.

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